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Swords Used by the Cavalry Branch of Service
Edged Weapons
Fine Looking 1859 Dated Civil War Cavalry Saber From The Ames Company
Item #: A489
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This is an original classic Civil War model 1860 cavalry saber with a very scarce manufacture date. This is the pattern so often carried by soldiers of the Civil War. This one has the original blade with a nice gray-brown tone all over. The sword blade has the straight line maker’s mark of the Ames Manufacturing Company in Chicopee, Massachusetts still very clearly visible at the base on the backside of the blade. On the front of the blade it has the vividly clear and scarce production date of 1859 to go along with the U.S. stamp and the inspector initials of "J.H.” These are the initials of Joseph Hannis, who inspected weapons for the U.S. Ordnance Department. In Thillmann’s sword book he states that there were only 5,000 purchased by the government in 1859. The brass guard and pommel cap have a wonderful golden tone to the brass. On the top of the pommel cap you can still see the remnants of the "JH” inspector initials of Joseph Hannis and "W.A.T.” for William A. Thornton. The original grip is intact with a very attractive untouched look all over and it has about 98% of the original leather as well as the double strand brass wire. The sword is accompanied by a nice scabbard that has the throat and drag intact as well as both of the mounts and rings. This is a very attractive Civil War cavalry saber in scabbard with a scarce clear pre-Civil War production date.


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